Hawks Welcome Bibby With Sloppy Loss

Kings break down Blazers, Grizzlies fall just short of Sonics
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 3:39 AM CST
Seattle SuperSonics' Delonte West, left, chases down Memphis Grizzlies Mike Miller during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Seattle, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Bibby proved not to be the panacea that Atlanta was hoping for—at least not yet—as his old rivals the Lakers trounced the Hawks 122-93. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol each put up 23 points for Los Angeles, while Bibby's five points and three assists came on 16 minutes of floor time, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Elsewhere in the Association:

  • Ron Artest pitched in 24 points (12 of them in the fourth period) for Sacramento as Bibby's old team danced over Portland 105-94 to break a three-game slide.
  • Gasol's former squad didn't fare as well, finally falling 108-101 to a Seattle team that had lost Kevin Durant to the flu.